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Asia Country Lead / Senior Actuarial Manager, Valuation Shared Services Centre, Regional Actuarial Services
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HKG, HongKong HK
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Job Summary:

The Asia Valuation Shared Services Center (VSSC) is a centralized team with team members located across Asia Division servicing Asia BUs. The VSSC  is responsible for providing timely and accurate liability modeling services and analytics to the Asia Business Units. These services include the execution, assembly, and initial analysis of all IFRS and local reserves, sensitivities, and capital calculations, as well as the maintenance of associated valuation models and procedures.

Reporting to the Head of Asia Valuation Shared Services Centre, the Asia Country lead will be responsible for directing the activities of actuarial staff within the VSSC.  The Asia Country Lead will oversee actuarial modeling activities, ensuring they are done in accordance with predefined change control processes and industry best practices.  The Asia Country Lead will provide actuarial valuation services to Asia Business Units and be the main contact person between the Business Units, VSSC, Regional Actuarial Services (RAS) and Group office. The incumbent will possess the ability to work with people at all levels of the organization and manage often conflicting stakeholder priorities.  Focus will be placed on key messages and actionable data to successfully assist the business unit actuarial teams in the analysis and interpretation of reserves.  The Asia Country Lead will be responsible for leading a highly engaged team of actuarial professionals, challenging team members to step outside their comfort zone and embrace new processes and technologies.  The Asia Country Lead will also support the Head of VSSC to develop the VSSC to provide services to other Asia Business Units.
This position can be located outside of Hong Kong.  

Key Accountabilities:
  • Manages the timely delivery of comprehensive and professional work products to satisfy the actuarial modelling requests of actuarial business partners.  
  • Produces reserve movement analyses (RMAs), reserve trend analysis (RTA), experience monitoring reports and other supporting financial reporting deliverables related to the team’s assigned valuation models.
  • Serves as model/data/reporting steward for Asia division
  • Oversees the development and review of Off-Cycle and Annual Basis Changes.
  • Serves as a company leader in the implementation, execution, and maintenance of valuation controls.
  • Builds relationships and establishes a high level of credibility with Actuarial management across the Asia Division particularly Business Unit Valuation Actuaries, their teams,  Asia Chief Actuary and RAS.
  • Maintains the high standards and spirit of the VSSC Service Level Agreement in interactions with Business unit and Actuarial/Finance clients and in the leadership of the team.
  • Uses appropriate judgment in dealing with unexpected issues and requests, demonstrates an ability to prioritize work, balances resource requirements and achieves win-win solutions.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and working knowledge regarding technical aspects of the work possessing sufficient knowledge and intuition to be able to independently verify and reconcile information under review.
  • Serves as a project manager for VSSC projects, including defining project scope, project planning, resource allocation, project execution, communication of project result
  • Providing trainings to junior staff on actuarial concepts, modelling principles, financial reporting processes and technology.
  • Prepare the team to support more business units in the future.
  • Plays a key role as part of the VSSC leadership team in the achievement of VSSC projects, the goals of process improvement and best practices in valuation reporting.
Leadership and Team Development:
  • Provides strong, proactive leadership and coaching to a team of analyst professionals.  Allocates and monitors work of the team to ensure accurate and timely completion of assignments within the established timeframes and quality standards.
  • Makes decisions regarding employment, compensation, performance appraisals, training and development.
  • Cultivates an innovative environment by supporting creativity and high performance teamwork.

Job Requirements (Knowledge/Skills/Competencies):
  • Fellowship in a recognized international actuarial professional body with 7+ years of experience
  • Post-secondary education in Math/Computer Science, Actuarial Science or equivalent.
  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge regarding technical aspects of work; able to review data or results (financial or otherwise) for reasonability and identify root causes and drivers in the data being reviewed.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently, particularly in the area of using sound, independent judgment, problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Remains calm and controlled in pressured and stressful situations; demonstrates confidence and persistence in the face of setbacks and obstacles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate, negotiate and influence effectively
  • Results oriented, able to manage expectations, work under tight deadlines and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent customer focus and commitment to quality
  • Demonstrated project management skills 
  • Demonstrated leadership talents in coaching and motivating staff to achieve objectives.
  • Strong business acumen with ability to communicate complex actuarial concepts and results in a clear, concise, easy to understand manner.
  • Highly developed communication & relationship skills
  • Able to communicate in Japanese would be an asset
  • Proficiency in GGY Axis
  • Flexibility for business travel
About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. At the end of 2016, we had $977 billion (US$728 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made almost $26 billion in payments to our customers.
Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.
Manulife is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization.   It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment.  A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request an accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

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